Washington

Restaurants in Washington

Raucous on the weekends (and most weeknights as well) this popular eatery overlooking the Columbia River serves upscale comfort food with a view. On clear evenings, look for the lights of Portland eight miles to the south.

At this Tacoma tavern, the experience is as much about the beefy bundles of joy as it is about the cold brews. It's like Cheers, only better—a watering hole with some of the most delicious and inventive red hots (another name for your regulation wiener).

This "modern American diner" has a split personality. Skillet Street Food, the Airstream trailer/food truck, has been roving Seattle since 2007, offering chef Josh Henderson's seasonal lunches, while the brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in 2011 in Capitol Hill.

Eat at this cozy joint for sandwiches and vegetarian dishes using fresh local produce.

Piedmontese cuisine is the backbone of this rustic, open-kitchen restaurant in Capitol Hill. Since opening in 2008, Spinesse has been using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, along with house-made pasta, salumi, and vinegars, to recreate the earthy cuisine of Northern Italy.

This Capitol Hill gastropub attracts an afterwork-drinks crowd, as well as dinner-seeking locals.

Chef John Sundstrom (who made his name with sister institution - and next-door neighbor - Lark) serves smoked white-been tartine and tuna crudo with lemon.